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Dear Esther, Batman and Battlefield 3 share Develop Awards honours

Honours even at big awards night for games studios

Games studios big and small emerged triumphant last night at a glitzy awards bash in Brighton.

The Develop Awards, an annual event celebrating the best development talent in the UK, drew in a crowd of hundreds of the industry's key decision makers.

Trophies were split this year, with Rocksteady Studios taking home the prize for best use of a licence, while EA DICE won audio accomplishment for its work on Battlefield 3.

Meanwhile, divisive art-house game Dear Esther picked up the Best Narrative prize. Valve won publishing hero, and Frozen Synapse took best new IP.

THE WINNERS IN FULL

NEW IP: Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games)

USE OF A LICENCE: Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)

USE OF NARRATIVE: Dear Esther (Thechineseroom)

VISUAL ARTS: Rayman Origins (Ubsioft Montpellier)

AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT: Battlefield 3 (EA Dice)

PUBLISHING HERO: Steam

TECHNICAL INNOVATION: Enlighten (Geomerics)

USE OF ONLINE: World of Tanks (Wargaming.net)

VISUAL OUTSOURCER: Cubic Motion

AUDIO OUTSOURCER: Side

SERVICES: VMC Game Labs

TOOLS PROVIDER: Epic Games

ENGINE: Unity 3.5 (Unity Technologies)

RECRUITER: Amiqus

NEW STUDIO: Bossa Studios

MICRO STUDIO: Thechineseroom

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: NaturalMotion Games

INDEPENDENT STUDIO: CCP Games

IN-HOUSE STUDIO: The Creative Assembly

DEVELOPMENT LEGEND: David Perry

GRAND PRIX: Mind Candy

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